MUSIC: BRAVE TALES

GRETCHEN PETERS SINGS THE POETRY OF EVERYDAY LIVES

A couple of decades ago, Tin Pan Alley moved to the South and changed its name to Nashville. There the division of musical labor still largely applied: singers sang and songwriters wrote. In the past few years one distinct author's voice has emerged from the throats of Martina McBride (Independence Day), Patty Loveless (You Don't Even Know Who I Am) and Trisha Yearwood (On a Bus to St. Cloud). The composer is Gretchen Peters, and her own first album, The Secret of Life (Imprint), offers 10 fresh reasons to elect her to the country songwriter's Hall of Fame.

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